Marita McNichol was awarded with the American flag Thursday in honor of her father who died after serving in World War II.
Francis P. McNichol of Fox Chase, who served in the Navy during World War II, passed away 33 years ago and was overlooked for receiving an American flag at his funeral. During military funerals for members who died while in service or veterans of any branch of the military, it’s customary to have the American flag draped over the casket as a symbol of remembrance. The flag is then presented to the next of kin, by an honor guard representing on of the five branches of the military.
“I’ve been waiting years to get a flag for my dad’s coffin and I didn’t feel right for him not to receive one for the years he gave to the military,” McNichol said. Francis McNichol did not have to go to war, due to being the last of the bloodline in his family, but decided to volunteer and serve the country during a time of need for soldiers. “He thought it was the duty to his country,” McNichol said. “He loved being in the Navy, and when he died and wasn’t recognized, it just hurt my heart. This man who worked so hard for his country, who had eight children, dropped dead at 60 and didn’t get a thing for it.” continue reading »